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Asthma was only thing slowing Eddie Lacy

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Eddie Lacy had a good reason for coming out of yesterday’s game in overtime.

He couldn’t breathe well.

The Packers rookie running back was stopped by an asthma attack. It’s a condition he dealt with since he was young, but it wasn’t as much of an issue growing up in Louisiana.

It’s worse in the winter time,” Lacy said, via Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I’ve had it since I was little. Sometimes it’s worse than others.”

Lacy carried the ball 25 times for 110 yards and a touchdown in the Packers overtime tie with the Vikings. And while he wished he’d have been more available late, he’s also looking at the reality of a schedule with two more games in Green Bay and a trip to Chicago.

“And it’s going to get worse, I think,” Lacy said with a laugh.

Given all the other problems the Packers have on offense, however, his condition’s no laughing matter. He’s already made a quick impression on opponents with his ability to grind away.

“I think he’s a great back,” Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway said. “One of the strongest running backs I’ve played against.

“He’s difficult to tackle one on one, so you have to bring a lot of ‘hats’ to the party and keep hitting him for four quarters. Because he’s going to give it to you for four quarters and try to wear you down.”

As long as he doesn’t wear down and lose his breath first.

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58 Responses to “Asthma was only thing slowing Eddie Lacy”
  1. virger says: Nov 25, 2013 9:32 AM

    An absolute draft day steal

  2. gtodriver says: Nov 25, 2013 9:34 AM

    Having suffered from cold induced asthma, I can assure you this is no laughing matter.

    Luckily, after losing some weight after being diagnosed as diabetic, my cold induced asthma went away.

    With the known weather coming up in the outdoor cold climate stadiums (3 of the next 5 games) – this doesn’t bode well for Lacy.

  3. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    Eddie Lacy was fantastic yesterday. He was easily the third-best running back on the field.

  4. emoney826 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:38 AM

    I suppose some idiots will make a laughing matter out of this story now. I can think of a few people who laugh at anything if its packer related, regardless of if its a medical issue.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:42 AM

    That’s why you have inhalers. Does the NFL not allow them on the sideline ?

  6. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:45 AM

    Lacy was a key ingredient to the Packers winning the season series with the hapless and tasteless Vikings yesterday.

  7. briman141 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:50 AM

    As someone who has had asthma since age 2, I can relate to him. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, and my asthma was ALWAYS worse in the winter. It’s like it freezes your lungs and induces an attack. I am curious why he didn’t have some type of rescue inhaler available. I carry mine, and honestly, don’t feel too secure without it, especially in winter….and TN (where I now reside) winters are much more mild than Chicago’s or (especially) GB’s. Don’t fret Eddie, get the ProAir rescue inhaler and keep running defenders over!

  8. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:54 AM

    I sure enjoyed watching Eddie Lacy rumble down Highway 29 (Xavier Rhodes) yesterday.

  9. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:57 AM

    The ingredients in the albuterol can trigger a false test. You would rather be safe than sorry. I had asthma for years, induced by sharp temperature changes to cold, but it went away a few years ago. Interestingly enough, and I am not joking here, nor advocating it, but since I started back smoking cigars, I have not had any asthma issues whatsoever.

  10. captainwisdom8888 says: Nov 25, 2013 9:58 AM

    Lacy is a real throwback for sure. One generally thinks of defenses bringing the hurt to the offense, punishing ballcarriers and any receiver who dare go over the middle, but Lacy flips that concept on its head and HE is the one that brings the hammer to the defense. Also, he just might have the best spin move in the league, the way he absorbs the contact and spins right off of it. He’s an artist on the field, running and painting a masterpiece on the gridiron.

  11. packerfansarefat says: Nov 25, 2013 10:08 AM

    By the way….way to tie with a 2 win team trying to lose!! wow!

  12. packerfansarefat says: Nov 25, 2013 10:12 AM

    Perfect, sounds like Lacey has the Packer excuse protocol figured out…..No Packer fans, it’s called FAT and OUT OF SHAPE…..lol, lol,….

  13. whatjusthapped says: Nov 25, 2013 10:32 AM

    Lacy looked good yesterday but Packer fans have to temper their enthusiasim against the fact it came at the expense of the Vikings.

    If he does it next week against the Lions, then we will know he is real.

  14. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    3rd week in a row the Classless and worthless Packers couldn’t beat a team with a losing record.

    And to think Tolzein was supposed to throw for 400 yards according to some of the Packer fans.

    Good thing you had your old 2nd string “most yards ever thrown by a Packers QB” to come in and Tie with a 2 win team with a less than average QB, no starting Probowl MVP tight end. 7th round starting MLB, no starting safety.

    How proud you must be to to be able to squeak out a “season series” win against such a loaded team like the 2013 Vikings.

    Kudos to the Packer fans who think this was a “good thing for your team”.

  15. packhawk04 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:39 AM

    He doesnt have the excuse protocol figured out at all. Learn from the best, AP. Wait till you have a bad game, and then make sure everyone knows youre groin hurts from having all these babies you dont care about.

    #class

  16. trollsetter says: Nov 25, 2013 10:45 AM

    He spent too much time watching that terrible Packers defense that he started hyperventilating.

  17. glennsyank13 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:45 AM

    So Vikings fans now make fun of the Packers for tying the Vikings since they only have two wins? So at least we agree that the Vikings are pathetic then right?

  18. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    I think if the hapless and tasteless Vikings had managed to win a game against the Packer backups that it would have provided a boost to the collective low self esteem of degenerate Viking fans.

    But they couldn’t even do that.

  19. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 10:53 AM

    Vikings fans are my favorites. Even when their team stinks (which, to be fair, is every year) they still try to talk smack. And then, while they comment on a Packers story, will call Packer fans viking trolls.

    Thanks for the laughs ladies!

  20. packerfansarefat says: Nov 25, 2013 10:54 AM

    “Asthma”, must be a nickname for Vikings defense.

  21. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 25, 2013 10:56 AM

    For those of you thumbs downing my comment that Lacy was the third-best RB in the game, I can only imagine that your disagreement is that you thought Scott (Barry Sanders spin move) Tolzien was a better running back. I guess I can give that to you.

  22. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 25, 2013 10:59 AM

    filthymcnasty1 says:Nov 25, 2013 10:48 AM

    I think if the hapless and tasteless Vikings had managed to win a game against the Packer backups that it would have provided a boost to the collective low self esteem of degenerate Viking fans.

    But they couldn’t even do that.
    _______

    Sorry, I didn’t realize we had to spot you a team. We had our fifth-string safety playing slot cornerback and started a guy we cut two weeks ago at middle linebacker, but I guess only the Packers are allowed to use the injury excuse.

  23. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:00 AM

    What happened to AP? Per Vikings fans he was going to run for 1000 yards and 56 TD against the Pack yesterday. They couldn’t even beat a VERY depleted Packers team.

  24. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:03 AM

    This is a Packers news story and Vikings fans are like “Yeah, we tied an injury plagued team! This must be what it feels like to win the Super Bowl!”

  25. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:06 AM

    The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:

    I guess only the Packers are allowed to use the injury excuse.

    _________________________________

    To be fair, an injury to a MVP QB is a bit more difficult to overcome than injuries to a joke team.

  26. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:00 AM

    What happened to AP? Per Vikings fans he was going to run for 1000 yards and 56 TD against the Pack yesterday. They couldn’t even beat a VERY depleted Packers team.
    ______________

    And the Almighty Packers couldn’t beat a 2 win, very depleted Vikings team.

    See how that works? We have injuries too. But only Packer fans are allowed to make excuses because you are entitled to.

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:08 AM

    By winning the season series yesterday against the hapless and tasteless Vikings, the Packers have now done so 4 years in a row.

  28. ballardn says: Nov 25, 2013 11:10 AM

    Eddie Lacy tosses grown men aside like so many potatoes.

  29. immafubared says: Nov 25, 2013 11:16 AM

    I like this kid for his moxie and his energy. However, I for one do not like his running style. He runs with his head down and does not have a view of the field and where to cut.
    Ya he got 122, in five quarters of play and did not really share the duties with anyone but Starks.
    Teams understand with Lacy he may get a few but he is no break away threat and the speed ain’t there to they can stack the line, and that is what they are doing, stacking the line against the Packers.
    Gerhart had 8 carries for 98 and Pederson had 146 and shared duties with Gerhart.

  30. immafubared says: Nov 25, 2013 11:20 AM

    Got to say I’m impressed with the Vikings. Their two best dbacks were hurt and they bring in another key words, young rookie, who was dominant.
    This team will break out next year and have a team of very good, very young talent> Sherels, Patterson, Smith, Cahill, Rhodes, Walsh. All play makers. All young and up comers.
    The Vikes are one draft from becoming dominant in the NFC North for a long time as Packers and Chi town have to rebuild pourous defenses and replace aging linemen.

  31. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    obsessedvikingfan says:
    Nov 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    See how that works? We have injuries too. But only Packer fans are allowed to make excuses because you are entitled to.

    ________________________________

    Again, injuries to guys who couldn’t play for the Gophers is a bit different than a MVP. You had your stars playing: AP, Allen, Ponder.

  32. immafubared says: Nov 25, 2013 11:24 AM

    Someone should remind MM that he actually had other running backs like Starks to split time with.
    MM is myopic. He will run a guy to death. He just does not like to have a complicated game plan and man does it show: run twice and then pass if you have to mentality.
    Ya Mike you proved to everyone the Pack finally has a run game. You showed them all Mike. Unfortunately the passing game went to hell. Funny how others coaches can have both. Those teams are called, ‘teams with winning records’.

  33. purpleguy says: Nov 25, 2013 11:39 AM

    Well, that game was about as satisfying as a warm beer. Face it folks, without Rodgers, the Pack is nothing more than the Vikings East. Pack fans trash the Vikes for not beating an injury riddled Packer team, yet conveniently forget that the Pack, in turn, couldn’t even beat a team without 2 first team LBs, a NT, safety and 2 CBs. Makes you wonder precisely who is hapless and tasteless. . . . .

  34. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:42 AM

    immafubared says:

    This team will break out next year and have a team of very good, very young talent

    The Vikes are one draft from becoming dominant in the NFC North for a long time

    ___________________________________

    Please stop! It hurts to laugh this hard!

    You do realize that when someone says that a (bad) team is good but just young, it is another way of saying they stink? Allen is already looking to free agency and AP’s career is in decline (the guy was one of the greats). With no franchise QB in sight, this team is far from dominating anything.

    I hear that the Bears may not re-sign Cutler and everyone knows how much the vikes like castoffs from other teams.

  35. facebookfirevicketchman says: Nov 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    All I know is that when we win on Thursday, GB will be in first place in the NFC North.

  36. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:44 AM

    purpleguy says:
    Nov 25, 2013 11:39 AM
    Well, that game was about as satisfying as a warm beer. Face it folks, without Rodgers, the Pack is nothing more than the Vikings East. Pack fans trash the Vikes for not beating an injury riddled Packer team, yet conveniently forget that the Pack, in turn, couldn’t even beat a team without 2 first team LBs, a NT, safety and 2 CBs. Makes you wonder precisely who is hapless and tasteless. . . . .

    __________________

    You do realize that the vikings starters aren’t much better than their second team right (other than a few positions)? And yes, Rodgers and Cobb are much bigger pieces to be missing than guys no one outside of Minnesota has heard of.

  37. steelerben says: Nov 25, 2013 11:46 AM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 25, 2013 9:42 AM
    That’s why you have inhalers. Does the NFL not allow them on the sideline ?

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Rescue inhalers have steroids in the them. In order to have one on the sideline, I’m sure he’d need to file for a therapeutic exemption and jump through a lot of hoops in order to ensure that it was only being given to him.

    The NFL likes paperwork.

  38. dhardy8207 says: Nov 25, 2013 11:48 AM

    Captainwisdom888 says;

    “Also, he just might have the best spin move in the league, the way he absorbs the contact and spins right off of it. He’s an artist on the field, running and painting a masterpiece on the gridiron.”

    ————————————————–

    Yes indeed, as a BAMA fan I’ve enjoyed many saturdays over 3 collegiate seasons of watching Lacey do his spin move and then proceed to mow down lineman.

    As for the “inhalers on the sidelines”. You have to take into consideration the outside temps. Some inhalants can be affected by colder temps, it disrupts the delivery of the meds into the lungs.

  39. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 11:51 AM

    You know times are tough in Minnesota when the Gophers advertise themselves as the best football team in the state and a parade is thrown for tying the Packers in a regular season game.

  40. contra74 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:01 PM

    So, the Packers come back from behind to force an overtime and an eventual tie against a 2-8 team…and Packers fans are PROUD of that!? You guys are chest pumping and claiming immortality because you tired a 2-8 team?!?!?!? WOW, how low its gotten in Green Bay.

  41. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 25, 2013 12:10 PM

    thesconnienation says:Nov 25, 2013 11:23 AM

    obsessedvikingfan says:
    Nov 25, 2013 11:07 AM

    See how that works? We have injuries too. But only Packer fans are allowed to make excuses because you are entitled to.

    ________________________________

    Again, injuries to guys who couldn’t play for the Gophers is a bit different than a MVP. You had your stars playing: AP, Allen, Ponder.
    _________

    Sorry, I didn’t know we had to spot you a quarterback.

    I know Ponder looked like a star compared to the quarterbacks you trotted out yesterday, but we don’t consider him a star over here. AP was still dealing with a groin injury but you couldn’t tell against that porous defense.

    Two of our best players are Kyle Rudolph and Harrison Smith, who have been out for weeks.

  42. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Nov 25, 2013 12:14 PM

    It’s hilarious to see how things have changed in Green Bay. It used to be “next man up” and “this reminds me a lot of 2010.” Now it’s “we’re injury ravaged” and “we’re playing all our backups but we still managed to tie the mighty Vikings.”

    It used to be “Ted Thompson is the architect of the greatest team in NFL history. His sixth-round picks give us an incredible amount of depth.” Now it’s “we’re a one-man team. You can’t expect us to beat the Vikings.”

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    Yesterday the backup Packers won the season series over the hapless and tasteless Vikings for the 4th season in a row.

  44. purpleman527 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:16 PM

    In other words,

    Lacy won’t be able to play much come December and January.

    And GB drafted him for what reason?

    Maybe GB can play all their home games in Sept & Oct and play their road games in Nov & Dec.

    That will also force GB to be a 4, 5 or 6th seed in the playoffs so as not to play at home for his asthma in Dec and Jan.

    Smart people in GB I say.

  45. trollsetter says: Nov 25, 2013 12:21 PM

    Better luck next year Packer fans. Even your starting running back is breathless after watch that hapless Packers defense.

  46. linemanguy74 says: Nov 25, 2013 12:29 PM

    Maybe they should tackle him by the face mask like AJ Hawk

  47. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 12:47 PM

    At first I was surprised by the number of Viking trolls commenting on a Packers story. But then I realized how scared they are that Lacy’s career is ascending while AP’s (and thus the entire organization) is on a downward spiral. Only averaging 10 yards/game than Lacy (a guy they regularly mock).

  48. trollsetter says: Nov 25, 2013 12:54 PM

    If it has anything to do with the Packers then it’s also a vikings story. If it has anything to do with the Vikings then it’s a packers story. Thesconnienation must be new to this.

  49. thesconnienation says: Nov 25, 2013 12:58 PM

    trollsetter says:
    Nov 25, 2013 12:54 PM
    If it has anything to do with the Packers then it’s also a vikings story. If it has anything to do with the Vikings then it’s a packers story. Thesconnienation must be new to this.

    ____________________________________

    You are partly right. This is correct “If it has anything to do with the Packers then it’s also a vikings story.” Having no hope themselves, they have to jump on anything possible.

  50. obsessedvikingfan says: Nov 25, 2013 1:04 PM

    Or, maybe when you look at the team listings on PFT, you click on either Vikings or Packers links, this article is up.

    Maybe because they played yesterday. Some bright ones over there in Wisconsin isn’t there?

  51. hansenbrothers says: Nov 25, 2013 1:22 PM

    He didn’t wear down and lose his breath, it’s a medical condition you jerk

  52. Mr. Wright 212 says: Nov 25, 2013 1:23 PM

    However, asthma aside, Ed Lacy is one tough dude. And the messed up part for the Packers is that they finally had a ground game, and then Rodgers got hurt.

  53. drewzducks says: Nov 25, 2013 1:44 PM

    Jack Youngblood would like an explanation.

  54. suckittrebek76 says: Nov 25, 2013 4:39 PM

    I’ll give you asthma!

  55. khmer379 says: Nov 25, 2013 5:53 PM

    Nice running back but he’s no Ap

  56. allday2k says: Nov 25, 2013 8:46 PM

    I’ve had asthma since elementary school. I have a rare form of asthma and my grandpa has the same rare type. I haven’t had many problems with it for awhile but I use to have a lot of trouble with it. For those of you that don’t know; if you are ever in a situation where you are having an attack and can’t get to an inhaler immediately, drink coffee or pop. Anything caffeinated really. It will help you be able to breathe til you can get to your inhaler or nebulizer. Since I forget my inhaler most of the time it has helped me out numerous times. Pretty hard to drink anything tho when you’re having an asthma attack.

  57. allday2k says: Nov 25, 2013 8:52 PM

    “For those of you that don’t know; if you are ever in a situation where you are having an attack and can’t get to an inhaler immediately, drink coffee or pop. Anything caffeinated really.”
    _______________
    Keep in mind though that the drink has to be caffeinated and that you should only use this as a last resort for not having or being able to get to your rescue inhaler, not as a substitution for it.

  58. vikescry1 says: Nov 25, 2013 10:11 PM

    what ever happened to having an oxygen mask on the sideline???

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